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Kith Knife!

Emiliano Carrillo

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I've been trying to make the KITH work every year I've been doing this so far, and this one actually worked!I forged a knife blade the other day and then spent some time trying to figure out what I should do with the handle. I saw JJ a few days ago and he told me I should do a frame handle, so I did. This has been a lightning fast build for me, with about 8 hours total in so far. All that is left is a quick hand buff of the handle and it is ready to ship out.



I got some maple and walnut ground to thickness first, real good way to chew up your fingers on a belt!



Cut the frame out of the maple, nice fit though I left room for epoxy. 



Starting the glue up



I wrapped everything in hemp cord to cure



Nice and blocky! Its ergonomic right?!



Started bandsawing the excess material off to make my grinding easier and quicker. Look at those racing stripes!



From the belt grinder






Polished up to 1000 before assembly! You can't really get a feel for the wood here, but it looks pretty wonderful oiled








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I love it!  That's some beautiful steel, is it hearth steel or bloom?

Very clever handle construction...

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Nice laminated frame. I like that idea for the kitchen knives.

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Thanks everyone! I'm also really glad I was able to jump in this year even though I didn't have to rush it seems! 


George and Dan, I'm pretty sure it's just wrought though it does look a little like some of the first iron I had made, so who knows! When you have bars of this stuff around you never know, and I didn't start labeling my own material for a while after I started making it. The edge is modern steel though, hand folded pattern weld out of 15n20 and 1084. I am happy with how well the two materials match though! 


And thanks all! The handle was inspired by a knife I saw JJ make last year, and I've wanted to try it since then. 

I can't wait to see the rest finished up and for us to do the drawing!  



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